Coatesville Playcentre is a licensed early childhood education provider run entirely by parents/nga matua, who have come together to provide pre-school experiences for their children. We cater for children from 0-6 years of age. Our Playcentre has been running for more than 30 years and we operate according to the Playcentre philosophy. We are part of the North Shore Playcentre Association.
Our Playcentre is less than 10 minutes from Albany and we have families/whanau from Coatesville, Riverhead, Dairy Flat, Albany and Paremoremo districts. We aim to hold 5 sessions per week, Monday to Friday, 9.15am – 11.45am and run a very successful additional session for our bigger kids, aged 4 years and over. We have a good relationship with the teaching staff at the local school who advise on how we can best prepare our children for the transition to school.
We are located in a purpose-built open-plan centre between the Coatesville Hall and the school where many of our children have siblings. It is a rural setting and we have a large and pleasant outdoor area with bike track, sand pit, swings and two playground areas. In 2012, we installed a new playground and look forward to developing that further in 2014.
We had very good reports from the Education Review Office in 2007 and 2010 and again in 2013. After their latest visit, the reviewers observed “more of the same old story of Coatesville Playcentre” and described our centre as a very special place for children, which is going from strength to strength. They noted that the relationships between our members are a key part of our success, built and reinforced through ongoing self-review and a real sense of encouragement amongst members. The report talked about our “calm, relaxed and welcoming” atmosphere and noted in particular that we nurture our children’s emotional development.
The full report can be found at www.ero.govt.nz/index.php/Early-Childhood-School-Reports/Early-Childhood-Reports/Coatesville-Playcentre-31-10-2013
Trips are organised for the children each term. Recent trips have included the Maori Cultural Performance at Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo, Riverhead Forest, tobogganing at Snow Planet, Sheepworld, ferry and tram rides and a local orchard.
We are run on a co-operative basis and share the responsibility for organising, supervising, running and maintaining the centre. Some parents/nga matua are elected annually to offices but we are ALL part of the decision making team. Office holders are provided with training, guidance and support by the North Shore Playcentre Association.
Playcentre also provides a chance to meet and form friendships with other families in the area. Our families/whanau get together regularly outside sessions, both with and without children. In recent years, we have held a Playcentre Olympics and family/whanau Matariki and Christmas parties. We have also run several fun family/whanau camping trips in the local region.
All parents/nga matua at Playcentre are offered training to better understand child development and learning. The Playcentre parent education programme is nationally recognised and can be applied to other early childhood environments. Our parents/nga matua support each other in achieving their qualifications and we hold regular shared study sessions with home baking to keep us going.
We have recently hosted education sessions at our Playcentre plus a workshop on fire. We have also held a first aid training course run by an excellent external provider. The first aid certificate awarded to all attendees is recognised by many workplaces.
You can find out more about our Playcentre by phoning us on 09 4158547, dropping in to one of our sessions (we’re next to Coatesville School and we’re open weekday mornings) or finding Coatesville Playcentre on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.